Museum of Arts and Skills

The 3rd arrondissement of Paris is a cultural and historical center where architectural wonders of the 17th and 18th centuries are closed to famous Parisian museums.

Amongst them , visit the Musée des Arts et Métiers de Paris (Museum of Arts and Skills) which presents the history of the greatest scientific and technical inventions right side out where, two centuries ago, Father Henri Grégoire founded the “Conservatoire des Arts et métiers” (Arts and Skills Academy) and created the first ” warehouse of new and useful inventions”

salle des machines

The Museum shows more than 3000 pieces, divided by field, into 3 floor. You will for example discover the most important energy or mechanical innovations, founder processes of industrial era, discovery of steam… In short, a lot of tools, engine, replica and videos recounting the amazing (and inexorable) progess that has been knowing sciences and technique since the last centuries.

During your visit, don’t forget to go to Saint-Martin des Champs Church, which is part of the museum. You would miss the most amazing pieces! The inside, entirely renovated, shows amongst other things Le pendule de Foucault (Foucault’s clock), experience that proved the rotation of the earth. As for the rest, we won’t disclose all the curiosities…

Just note that, three time a week (generaly on wednesday at 3 and 4 p.m) the museum offers demonstrations of automaton created between the 17th and 20th centuries. Very surprising!


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